In This Chapter
Getting ideas for ice-breaker activities
Teaching basic introductory vocabulary
Running through a beginner’s first lesson
The way a course begins naturally sets the tone for how it continues. Taking the time to get to know your students, and for them to get to know each other, facilitates a friendly learning environment, co-operation, and an excellent team spirit.
Students are often apprehensive because they don’t know what to expect from the teacher or indeed what you expect of them. In many cultures attending a course at any age means sitting at a desk, listening to a teacher or lecturer, and taking notes. To the dismay of many learners, in the modern TEFL classroom this is unlikely to happen. After all, the grammar translation method (which I cover in Chapter 1) went out of fashion some time ago!
In addition, learners of English have diverse needs, and because of this people from many different backgrounds may attend your course. They may have different positions in society or a certain status due to age and experience. As a result, new students wonder whether they’ll be shown up or embarrassed in front of ...